Recruiting: Lewis Commits To OSU?

Carrollton (Texas) Newman Smith head football coach Bobby Bounds confirmed Wednesday night that defensive lineman Jonathan Lewis, a former player, has given a verbal commitment to Oklahoma State ... but with an asterisk. Lewis will make an official visit this weekend to Kansas. Lewis did not visit SMU on Tuesday as coach Bounds had thought because he gave a commitment to the Oklahoma State coaches following his weekend visit to Stillwater.

Lewis had been scheduled to visit SMU midweek and backed off. He has also cancelled a visit to Arkansas State and Texas Tech. He will, however, visit Kansas this upcoming weekend.

"Jonathan visited Oklahoma State this past weekend," said coach Bounds.

Lewis, who is really talented and has been working out with weights and conditioning at his former high school, now has his test score after "gray shirting" this fall following singning with Kansas State last February.

"He decided when coach (Bill) Snyder resigned (at Kansas State) to open up his recruiting all over again," said coach Bounds. "He was having second thoughts about going there. This is a young man that was recruited by everybody prior to his injury his senior season. We had Miami, Alabama, Notre Dame, the Big 12 schools ... everybody in looking at him and recruiting him.

"He is completely healthy," said Bounds. "He is a 6-4, 287-290 pounder that played all across the defensive line for us. We mainly used him inside because of his size, but he could play outside in college. He is a big, strong, fast, explosive defensive lineman. He was a very good pass rusher and could play the run."

Lewis definitely fits the bill for what Oklahoma State was needing in the way of a defensive tackle. The big plus is he will enroll in January and be able to compete and progress in spring football. The only drawback will be knocking off the rust of a missed season, but even that is a plus in that his knee has had the extra time to heal and strengthen.

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